Lemmy Kilmister is dead at 70

Bassist Lemmy KilmisterLemmy Kilmister is dead at 70

Motörhead urges fans to play his music

By David Sands
December 28, 2015

Motörhead’s beloved bassist and lead vocalist, Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, has died. The group’s official website confirmed the 70-year-old rocker’s death on its official Facebook page Monday evening. He has been suffering from a variety of health problems for the last few years, and canceled several shows in 2015 due to breathing issues.

“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words,” the band’s post reads. “There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer,” it continues. “He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.

Lemmy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 1945 to a former Royal Air Force chaplain. Both irascible and influential, Motörhead’s larger-than-life frontman was known for his gruff voice, heavyweight rock-and-roll style and unforgettable appearance, which included a muttonchop hairstyle, distinctive facial moles and a military cap.

Formed in 1975, Motörhead’s loud and fast hard rock sound had a deep impact on the direction of heavy metal in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly the development of speed and thrash metal. Prior to starting Motörhead, Lemmy was a member of the British space rock outfit, Hawkwind.

In their post, the band said they would share more details in the next few days. In the meantime, they urged fans to honor Lemmy’s memory with his music.

“For now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.  Have a drink or few,” the band said. “Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”

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